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Discussion in 'Clinicians [ RN / NP / PA ]' started by PublicHealth, Dec 9, 2005.
Is there a route from BA/BS to MSN/APRN that does not involve BSN/RN?
Yeah, but weren't you in med school?
there are a # of "direct entrty np programs" for folks with a prior ba/bs in anything that take 3 yrs. you get the bsn after the first yr and then the msn/np after the 3rd yr
I am. A psychologist friend of mine who is interested in prescribing told me that he could directly go to MSN/APRN school because he has a BS in Psychology. I thought that BSN/RN was a prerequisite. Could you elaborate on your "yeah?"
Are you still applying to medical school?
"I thought that BSN/RN was a prerequisite. Could you elaborate on your "yeah?""
did you not see my post?
any bs/ba degree + 3 yrs = msn/np through direct entry np programs
Sorry. I did not see your post until after I had posted. My bad! Thank you for answering.
Follow-up question: Can NPs practice independently? I'm referring specifically to psychiatric NPs prescribing psychotropics. If so, which states allow this? Thank you!
depends on the state. I don't know which states would allow that. maybe someone else will......
Yes, some states allow complete independence. The ones I know of are Iowa, Arizona, Alaska, and maybe Oregon, Washington, North Dakota. Most other states allow practice based on a collaborative practice agreement. That can mean anything from a doc watching your every move or a piece of paper saying what that particular state needs it to say and you paying a doc for their license use, basically.
Yes, I just graduated from Vanderbilt NP school and the majority of the students were NOT RNs (I was a BSN with 10 years of experience). Go to their website and look at the requirements. It is a very popular program, but I believe they have already filled their spots for the next 2 years. You may be able to get on a waiting list though.
NP's can practice completely independent of physician oversite in New Mexico. Also, New Mexico is the only state that allows psychologists to prescribe drugs (they have to take a pharmacology course).